Written on December 25, 2007 – 9:22 am | by admin
After publishing my official website I decided to start my pure blog. This is where I would tell about everything I have experienced and will experience during my lifetime in translation world. Every person in this world deserve to live with their autobiography. And that is what makes me think about blogging. Although I am rather new in blogging world, I have otherwise got quite a long journey in translation. I also want to start practicing my almost-gone writing skills.
Indeed, writing is a very thing which is difficult at the first time. Sometimes I have no idea at all about what I am going to write. But, that is not a problem though. I just found few links which could be used as guidance in improving my writing.
One of them is copyblogger (www.copyblogger.com). This is a quite a good start. It contains many resource (and links) concerning the writing technique and theories.
Perhaps this one could be a good start for me. According to Brian Clark, there are five simples way to open the blog post with a bang.
So, here are 5 ways to open your post that will capture the reader’s imagination and pull them deeper into your content.
1. Ask a Question
Opening your post with a question is a rhetorical device (hence, the “rhetorical question”) that creates curiosity and gets the reader thinking. Thinking equals active engagement with your writing, and that’s a very good thing.
2. Share an Anecdote or Quote
Anecdotes are quick stories that can make people laugh or immediately establish the main point of your post. A nice quote from a recognizable authority or famous person can also work wonders when holding attention in those crucial opening seconds.
3. Invoke the Mind’s Eye
Producing a mental image in a reader’s mind is one of the most powerful things you can ever do as a writer, so expressly engaging the imagination is a powerful opening technique. Activate the mind’s eye of the reader by using words like “imagine,” “picture this,” “do you remember when,” etc.
4. Use an Analogy, Metaphor or Simile
Analogies, metaphors and similes are some of the most powerful devices available when it comes to telling a story in a single sentence. This is a great way to capture a reader’s attention and also acts to provoke mental imagery that allows readers to tell a story to themselves.
5. Cite a Shocking Statistic
Starting off with an interesting factoid is also a great technique. People love being provided with interesting data, but only if it is unique, startling, or even shocking. The statistic should also be directly relevant to the point of your post as well.
Bonus Tip: The third most important part of your blog post is the closing. A great way to close is to tie back into your opening.
So, which of the 5 techniques did I NOT use in the opening to this post?
Well then, was it worth to read? Hmm… this will be my start to write (and read the above tips).